God Sanctioned

“God Sanctioned” A Volcanic Stainless Steel Painting. With some writing from a letter my father sent me. It was instructions on what to do if I wanted to live through the volcanoes, earthquakes and land masses falling into the sea. Tent cities and plagues.

God Sanctioned

“God Sanctioned” A Volcanic Stainless Steel Painting. with some writing from a letter my father sent me. It was instructions and what to do if I wanted to live through the volcanoes, earthquakes and land masses falling into the sea. Tent cities and plagues.
A polygamist with 5 wives, 27 kids and a belief that he was in direct communication with god. The photo was one I always wondered why I had it? Why did my mother send it to me in a letter? He’s standing next to beautiful flowers on the beautiful island of Jamaica. He was there with all of the adults and no adults looking after all the children left back in California. For me it was the end of any chance on continuing my education and breaking away from the cult. I went from superstar football athlete/student and ready to start summer practice and place myself on a path to success. Not just a path to anywhere, but a path away from the cult and finding my way to college after high school. But instead I was given instructions to not leave the house, not answer the door and only go to buy bread or milk for the food stamps they left us. My dreams were crushed. I lost my friends and the football coach wouldn’t even look at me. They thought I abandoned them or quit. I mad it through a few months of the school year and then that’s it. No more. I was told to leave. Kicked out. Was told to join the army or find something, somewhere to go. No explanation. Just get out. I tried 4 or 5 Army recruiters but had a Mexican birth certificate and lost my passport in a house fire. So I joined the CCC…California Conservation Corp. Went to bootcamp for a couple months and shipped off into the forest of norther california. Became a forestry firefighter, forestry worker and intense salmon restoration projects when not firefighting.
I found my way. but I hate this fucking picture.

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